For years my buddy Justin has been telling me to listen to Joe Rogan’s Podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience. He said I would love it; so of course I ignored him. Then, while listening to Neil Degrasse Tyson’s Star Talk Podcast, Joe Rogan was a guest, and it occurred to me, “hey, I kinda dig this guy’s personality and perspective.” Then Jarrett sent me a link to his favorite Joe Rogan Podcast, the Graham Hancock episode, I listened, and I was immediately hooked. It is now my go to podcast for while at work.
Four reasons that you too should listen to Joe Rogan’s Podcast:
The JRE is Inspirational
Joe Rogan has an incredible work ethic. He works out every day, cranks out five 3 hour podcast a week, all while continuously writing for and working the comedy circuit, in addition to his duties as a color commentator for UFC. When you listen to Joe Rogan, you realize that the only thing standing between you and you being your ultimate self is yourself. Listening to JR inspired me to finally begin writing a novel, something I had always wanted to do.
I recall a conversation he had with a guest about how annoying people that always whine about their problems and blaming others can be. I’ve definitely been guilty of this before, and I apologize to anyone that has ever had to put up with me. ‘Stop whining, shut up and do something about it,’ is some good tough love I got from JR.
The JRE is Funny
Joe Rogan, above all else, is a comedian. More often than not, his guests are comedians. Today I was listening to a podcast from around the time Occupy Wallstreet was a big deal, and Joe Rogan mentioned that it is easy for the CIA to infiltrate amorphous and unorganized organizations such as Occupy Wallstreet. Either he, or gem of a guest host Duncan Tressell, proposed that a good way to subvert the Occupy Wallstreet would be to send in a bunch of good-looking-manly CIA agents to bang the members’ women. They theorized that the men were a bunch of smelly, unhygienic hippies, who doubtfully put it to their women properly. Crude? Yes, but still hilarious. And if my trying to recreate that moment didn’t resonate, the takeaway is that often JR and his guests spitball these wild ideas and hypotheticals the same way you and a bunch of friends would.
The JRE is Educational and Informative
A good portion of the podcast’s conversations are inspired by the latest news in science and otherworldly mysteries. They talk history, technology, futurism, health news, and a tad bit of politics. Regardless of your political leanings, Joe Rogan is not a partisan so his politics are doubtfully a deal breaker. He is into fringe science like ancient aliens and bigfoot, but approaches the topics with a skeptic’s mind. When he invites proponents of fantastic theories such as ancient alien theory, he asks the same questions I would ask, and makes the same counterpoints I would make. He is more inclined to believe than I am, but I appreciate that he is not willing to go so far as to talk in absolutes the way conspiracy theorists often do. Moreover, the JRE is a good lesson in critical thinking that you won’t even realize you are getting.
The JRE Reminds Us That We Are Not Alone
Do you ever find yourself asking yourself if you are the one that is crazy or is it the rest of the world? In the age of anonymity, thanks to Twitter and internet message boards, it can be depressing to see how crazy, and even worse, how cruel people can be. I can no longer tell the difference between an ignorant asshole and a troll. Both are asshole’s by the way, just one knows it. The JRE is a safe haven for people that are frustrated with the negative discourse that is being perpetuated all around us by reality television, opinionated cable news programs, and the internet. JR promotes a message of love, compassion, and unity among fellow humans. The fact that he makes his living in the testosterone filled world of MMA makes him an especially effective ambassador for this message. JR is no hippie; he’d punch you in the face if he really had to.
More than anything else, what stands out about the JRE, is that he and his partners are just regular guys that think about the same interesting things a lot of us think about, and talk about it the same ways we do. He believes delivering this podcast everyday is a higher calling and his passion bleeds through. If you are looking for something different to listen to as you get through the day, and you want that something to be interesting, informative, funny, and filled with positive energy, then check out the JRE.